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in sierra. more than 100 tons of aid destined for syria left from iraq today. it's to be the first of its kind from iraq to syria. some 2.5 syrians are in need of aid since the civil war. more than 4,000 syrians have fled to near by countries. >>> more than 60 years ago as world war ii was drawing to a close, an army colonel wrote a story. and wrote music. for decades it was dormant but this week the u.s. army band performed the work, giving the composer his first chance to here the work. >> my name is harold van huglen, and my age is 93. i'm a veteran of world war ii. in 1945 i was stationed in new orleans, louisiana at the new orleans army airbase, and i was an instructor. the peace in europe had already been written in april of that year. so they said we can do anything we want to. i decided to write a symphony. during those 70 years when it sat on the shelf, i would look at it every once in a while and think, why isn't this being played? >> my brother and i came upon the bound copy of the symphony. i talked with senator carl, a senator from michigan where my dad lives. senator levin w
be bad news all around. already this region is destabilized. you've got this ongoing civil war in syria. you've got tensions in lebanon and that brings in hezbollah. and now with these post-arab spring democracies, these countries are much more answerable to their people. and if their people see that this situation in gaza is untenable and if they start to take to the streets, to protest against their leaders, if it enflames the arab street more than it has in the past, that would cause more instability. >> but at this point, what is the u.s. obligation to israel, for defense in this situation, but also, what kind of pressure to exert? >> reporter: the u.s. has this historic agreement to defend israel and stand by israel. what it hopes to be able to do is encourage israel not to cause too many civilian casualties, like what happened last time. but beyond that, the united states is not going to get involved on the ground. >> where do you place the odds that hamas will listen to the egyptians and, indeed, there will be a cease-fire? >> reporter: i think it's going to take some time. but t
. >>> and overseas, the u.s. could be getting more involved in the civil war in syria. "the new york times" is reporting the obama administration is considering options, including arming the rebel fighters there who have made progress in recent days in battling bashar al assad's forces. >>> and more trouble for president obama's expected nominee for secretary of state. susan collins says she will not back rice for the job, until more questions on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya are answered. collins said if president obama nominates senator john kerry instead, he would have no trouble winning confirmation. >>> and breaking news out of new york. lindsay lohan has been arrested again, after a fight at a nightclub here in the city early this morning. she is facing assault charges for allegedly punching a woman in the face. police are not saying how long they intend to keep her in custody. lohan was banned from the club, in fact, earlier this year. police say the woman lohan hit was not arrested. >>> and zig ziglar, the motivational speaker/author, who inspired millions for decades,
reporting direct hits on syrian targets as syria's violence spills across more borders. >> yes, indeed. >>> also ahead, there's word from france this year's champagne harvest is the worst in 40 years. uh-oh, bad news for the french economy and bubbly lovers everywhere. heartbreaking news with new year's a few weeks away. people like a little bubbly on the 31st. do you like champagne? >> oui, oui-oui. >> oui-oui? [ speaking french ] i like some champagne. >> impressed. paula, very nice. au revoir. >> that's the extent of it. [ speaking french ] >> means shut your mouth, please. >> i'll be quiet. >> i should tell that to myself. >>> and then it's that time of year, fall fix-up and clean-up. we're going to have some of the best gadgets to help you get the job done. >> what job would that be? >> cleaning up. >> we begin with the major development in the unfolding scandal surrounding david petraeus. general john allen who's the top military commander of nato forces in afghanistan, well, he's now being investigated by the pentagon for sending inappropriate e-mails to the whistleblower in thi
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